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Australia and Korea - partners in crime fighting

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M f new sRELEASEATTORNEY-GENERALTHE HON. MICHAEL DUFFY MP EMBARGOED UNTIL 8.00 PM TONIGHT 25 AUGUST 1992AUSTRALIA AND KOREA - PARTNERS IN CRIME FIGHTINGA treaty for mutual assistance in criminal matters between Australia and Korea was signed tonight by Attorney-General, Michael Duffy and the Minister for Justice from the Republic of Korea,The treaty provides for assistance in the investigation and prosecution of crime and proceeds of crime.According to Mr Duffy, the treaty will improve the existing high level of cooperation between Australia and Korea in the field of law enforcement.This treaty builds on links already established between our nations following the signing of an extradition treaty in Seoul in 1990," he said.Tonights treaty signing brings to 15 the number of countries with which Australia has mutual assistance in criminal matters.Negotiations are at varying stages with a further 19 countries.Serious organised crime very frequently has international dimensions. This treaty will add to the tools available to prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in both countries in the fight against such crime," Mr Duffy said.25 August 1992 36/92COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MiCAH